Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

AFT Constitution: Article IX

CONTRACT NEGOTIATION, RATIFICATION and STRIKE AUTHORIZATION

Section I:  THE NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE

Individual names for the Negotiation Committee will be submitted at the Fall General Membership Meeting. Each campus will elect not more than three (3) members to serve on the Negotiations Committee, before the end of the Fall Semester. (1) The chairperson of the Negotiation Committee will be elected by a majority of the Committee. (2) The President of the Federation shall be an ex officio member of the Negotiation Committee. (3) All Committee decisions shall be by majority vote.

Section II:  THE NEGOTIATION TEAM

The Negotiation Team shall be selected by the Executive Committee from among the members of the Negotiation Committee and its members approved by the membership at the Spring Membership meeting preceding the beginning of negotiations.

       a)  The chairperson of the Negotiation Team shall be selected by the Negotiation Team.

       b)  The President of the Federation shall be an ex officio member of the Negotiation Team.

       c)  All Team decisions shall be by majority vote.

       d)  The Negotiation Team shall keep the Executive Committee and the membership informed
            of the progress of negotiations on a timely basis.

       e)  No proposal shall be recommended to the membership which fails to have the support
            of the Executive Committee.

       f)  If circumstances require, the members of the Negotiation Team may be replaced by
           the Executive Committee.

       g)  The members of the Negotiating Team shall receive up to $495 each month of scheduled
            meetings, to a cap of $2,475. The amount of $100 will be deducted for each scheduled
            meeting missed.

       h)  If members miss two (2) meetings, they may be removed from the negotiation team
            and a replacement shall be designated by the president.

Section III:  CONTRACT RATIFICATION AND STRIKE AUTHORIZATION

a) Provisions of any proposed contract which is being negotiated with the College shall be submitted to the membership in writing for their ratification or rejection no fewer than 48 hours prior to the vote. Such proposed provisions shall be accompanied by written recommendations of the Executive Committee and the Negotiating Team.

b) The voting by the membership on contract proposals shall be by secret ballot, either at a membership meeting or through the mail, and the decision shall be rendered by the majority of the votes cast.

c) The questions of authorizing and concluding strikes shall be decided by the membership through a secret balloting at a membership meeting, and the decision shall be rendered by the majority of votes cast.

d) Supervision of the voting and counting of ballots for both contract proposals and strikes shall be the responsibility of a committee appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. Such committee shall consist of six (6) people, with at least one half (1/2) of the committee being people who are neither on the Executive Committee or the Negotiation Committee.